Biden’s border policy may be 2021’s biggest failure

By Mark Krikorian on December 30, 2021

We’ve learned a lot about Joe Biden’s views on immigration control in the first year of his administration.

He doesn’t like it.

Look at the border. Fiscal Year 2021 saw nearly 1.7 million arrests by the Border Patrol at the Mexican border, the highest number ever recorded. During the first four months of that fiscal year (October through January), when Trump was still president, border arrests averaged about 71,000 a month (which is still too much). But the remaining eight months, under the Biden administration, saw the monthly average more than double to about 172,000.

And they’re not just coming from Mexico, or even the northern tier of Central America, anymore. In FY21, 22% were from farther afield, a share which has grown to 30% over the last two months.

Ask the migrants and they will freely tell you people are coming because they believe, correctly, that Biden is more likely to let them in. On his first day in office, the president suspended the most effective Trump response to border-jumping — a policy commonly known as Remain in Mexico. Under that program, illegal immigrants could no longer use phony asylum claims as a gambit to be released into the U.S. Instead, they had to wait across the border in Mexico until their hearing dates. . . . 

[Read the rest at the Boston Herald.]